2018 Gold Humanism Honor Society inductees, nominated for their focus on patient-centered care, are pictured here with chapter advisor Michael Ennis (standing second from right). New inductees who were unable to attend are represented by the photographs that several students are holding.
The UMass Medical School chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society inducted 20 School of Medicine students as members on Thursday, May 31. The students were nominated by their classmates and mentors as exemplars of compassionate patient-centered care. Six residents and three faculty members were also inducted into the society. Inductees are nominated by their peers, and become members of the school’s GHHS chapter upon being pinned by graduating chapter members.
The Gold Humanism Honor Society recognizes students, residents and faculty who practice “patient-centered care by modeling the qualities of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy.” It is a signature program of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, an international nonprofit organization committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of compassion, caring and respect in health care. The UMMS chapter was established in 2014.
Keynote speaker Jane Lochrie, MD, professor of medicine, accepted the annual Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Lochrie, now retired from decades of teaching medical students at the St. Vincent’s Hospital site, continues to serve as the medical director of the St. Ann’s Free Clinic. The student Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was awarded to Raghu Appasani, MD, SOM ’18.
School of Medicine Dean Terence Flotte and Chancellor Michael Collins presided over the ceremony.
R. John Barber
Justin Chapman, MD
Anne Gifford, MD
Scott Greenberg, MD
Brian Jao, MD
Estefania Santamaria Flores, MD
James Carroll, MD
Erik Garcia, MD